Happy Tuesday everyone! I haven't been to my writer's cottage since the week before school started. Yikes! I miss it yet my schedule is tight, to say the least. I'm doing a fundraiser walk Saturday morning and then my hope is to spend at least a few hour working on my Bible study scheduled to release late 2021 or early 2022.
Although I haven't been to the cottage, I've been reading through my Easter devotional, set to release January 2021. It's bittersweet. The other day I picked up the phone to call my Mom and share something that made me smile. After I lifted my phone and her name wasn't in my favorites, the joy to call was replaced with sadness. I'm thankful to be writing again and can't wait to share this book with you all. It's my first devotional, the first in a new series, and a blessing from God because He inspired me to write again. Mom might not be here to celebrate but I know she's looking down and smiling.
As I teased my Dad the other day about the next book in this series, we laughed because Mom enjoyed the anticipation. Dad, not so much. He just shook his head. While my writing time at the cottage isn't as much between school and a new career venture, the writing is happening thanks to God's intervention. There is much to be thankful for and stay tuned for snip-its and teasers for the upcoming book release.
What project are you working on right now?
I took this picture earlier in the summer. Initially it was the butterfly that caught my attention but after using my photo app, the color stood out. The yellow of the butterfly, the pink and orange of the flowers, the green background, and the clarity of the white.
I saved this edit and remember staring for awhile. It captivated me, and still does. It's the simplicity and pop of color. In life we tend to over complicate things. It is getting more common for people to see the differences rather than the beauty of the differences. If we were to look at this unedited, it's just a pot of flowers yet with the color pop edit, we are able to see how the variety of colors are very different and it's this difference that creates a breathtaking flower pot arrangement.
In addition to the colors, the sun spots shining and reflecting create a sense of the unnatural. It's like the edit captures God's touch on His creation but when we are too busy to slow down, or to pause for an edit, we miss it. What if we slowed down in all areas of our life and looked with a pop of color app? What color arrangements in your life, and your circle of influence, are creating beauty, individualism, and encouragement for you? How will you share this with others?
I planted this arrangement and chose reds, pinks, and oranges because these are the colors that brighten my mood the most. The backdrop of green trees enhance the beauty but until I took away the green of distraction, I didn't appreciate their ability to brighten not only my mood but my spirit and faith. My hope is to have open eyes to see the magnitude, variety, and splendor of all the colors around me. My favorites will probably remain the pinks and oranges but this photo reminds me that I need to eliminate some of the other colors to truly appreciate the individual color.
What is your favorite color and why?
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I'm glad you asked. If we let the busyness of life and the piles left in their wake, we allow ourselves to become overwhelmed, exhausted, irritable, moody, depressed, and these are only a few. Today, instead of focusing on your lists, piles, laundry, and preparing for the next week...take some time to read, relax, pray, and absorb some quiet. If you pray, ask God to speak to your heart.
What am I avoiding? What is missing? Why do I work so hard to stay busy? What motivates my busyness? God, when you look at me, what do you see is missing? Help me Lord to fill in the missing piece with the person, thing, or time YOU desire. May I accept its okay, and healthy to not have a busy plate. Amen.
Now the most important part, LISTEN to what God is showing you then ask Him to guide you and give you the strengthen you as you fill in the space. When you remove the busyness ad hustle with peace and prayer. You will be amazed, blessed, and encouraged as your missing pieces are filled with an Eternal peace, grace, and mercy. Good luck and enjoy the weekend!
I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13 ESV
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